My Week in Pictures

Week 13.06 – Zebras, turtles, biscuits and ice-cream

Week 6 of 2013 goes from February 4th til 10th. This week we bought Katja a high chair and I finally finished a sewing project I was working on for her. As Europe was gripped by a horsemeat scandal, we tried some Zebra – it seemed only fitting.

First biscuit - success!

20130204 – First biscuit – success! Granted most of it ended up squished between her fingers, but it did keep her quiet for a while 🙂

Cold night

20130205 – Cold night. Possibly the last snow of the winter, it’s very cold out there!

Gimme!!!

20130205 – Gimme!!! Someone wants Mummy’s phone…

The best book ever - lots to digest

20130205 – The best book ever – lots to digest

Waaahhhhh!!!! Not my knitpick!  #devestated

20130205 – Waaahhhhh!!!! Not my knitpick! And the end I was using too #devestated Luckily the wonderful This is Knit sent me out a replacement, God I miss Dublin so much!

Black is the new pink

20130206 – Black is the new pink.

Mmmm ice cream nomnom

20130207 – Mmmm ice cream nomnom. Christian gave Katja some of his ice cream, fully expecting her to find it far too cold. Unfortunately for him she wasn’t bothered by the temperature and face-dived it!

Latest sewing project finished - a little toy for MissK

20130208 – Latest sewing project finished – a little toy for MissK

Shellac - strawberry smoothie with vexed violet and masquerade tips

20130208 – Shellac – strawberry smoothie with vexed violet and masquerade tips. This lot didn’t last very long, came off on the 13th.

Red curry zebra for dinner tonight

20130209 – There’s a Europe wide horse-meat scandal going on, so let’s up the ante and have Red Curry Zebra for dinner 🙂 For anyone wondering, it tastes like a mild reindeer or a slightly gamier venison.

New chair

20130210 – New chair

Craft, Finished Projects, Katja, Knitting, My Week in Pictures

Week 12.48 – Katja finds her feet

Week 48 of 2012 from 26th November to 2nd December – Katja finds her feet and I learn how to do a knitted i-cord which results in a new hat for Katja.

Awesome new skillz #worldismyoyster #growupsofast

20121126 – Katja displays her awesome new skillz (yes, she’s found her feet) #worldismyoyster #growupsofast

 

Playtime with crazy hair

20121127 – Playtime with crazy hair

 

Just taught myself how to make i-cord

20121129 – Just taught myself how to make i-cord

 

Happiness is sunshine and a new hat

20121130 – Happiness is sunshine and a new hat

 

It's a little chilly on the canal today

20121130 – It’s a little chilly on the canal today

 

Tomorrow will be quite pleasant

20121130 – Tomorrow will be quite pleasant

Stuff

A trip to the ER

It’s certainly been an eventful week for me!

It started with a slight scratch in my throat last Thursday, right before I flew to Edinburgh for the weekend. I had a good rest on Friday and spent a lovely day with Christian so I figured that it probably wouldn’t be too bad, but alas by Saturday my nose was running. Grr… especially annoying since we were seeing Anton and Gavin whom we hadn’t seen in far too long. The cold, however, seemed to be reasonable and so we had a great time catching up and it was so brilliant to see the guys. I figured that was the worst of it but how wrong was I! By Sunday afternoon the migraine had set in.

Monday I worked from home, I was exhausted, my shoulders ached, I was feverish and my head was still sore – I treated the migraine yet again. (It’s not totally uncommon to treat for three days of migraine for me) I could barely keep my eyes open and was sound asleep by about 9:30 that night.

Tuesday I had to get up at 5:30 to get my flight back to Dublin. Not sure how I made it, my head felt heavy, I felt weak and soooo tired. I slept for most of the flight, and most of the bus trip to the office. Once in the office I started to feel positively ill and feverish again, and the migraine was back. After lunch I went home – no idea how I got there, it’s not a long walk but every step was so painful. Definitely a bad attack.

Wednesday I couldn’t go to work, I stayed in bed with fever and sore head and drinking water like we were about to enter a drought. I staggered downstairs to the pharmacy at one point for rehydration salts – the pharmacy was teaming with people looking for cold remedies, this is not a nice one! By late afternoon the migraine had stopped responding to drugs – not a good sign, it had also crossed hemispheres and I was still feeling ill. I realised I hadn’t eaten more than a few mouthfuls since lunch on Sunday. Not a good sign, so it was off to the doctor.

Doctor gave me some drugs to knock me out and a referral to the ER in case when I woke it was still bad, I figured this would be it – I’d wake up and all would be right with the world. So I went home happy in the knowledge that I would soon sleep well. I did. But I also woke up with the migraine still bad and still there. And so at midnight I found myself checking in to the ER and trying to answer the questions from the triage nurse.

I spent the next 8 hours in ER. It was a quiet night so I was able to get some sleep on the horrible wooden seats in the waiting room before they called me in. Took nearly two hours, mainly because of an ambulance arrival and then the Guards brought in two people who had clearly been in some kind of altercation. I was in a lot of pain, but I know enough to know that the triage nurse would have bumped me down the list into the long wait category. Finally it was my turn. I was given at least 4 rounds of various drugs and had my blood tested. They tested my for viral meningitis (I always thought one of the symptoms was a rash but apparently not) and most likely various other possible causes. The conclusion was that I was suffering from a dehydration induced migraine (after a previous migraine from other causes), a standard rhinovirus (cold) plus a rotavirus (stomach flu) that had knocked out my gastrointestinal system so that the normal migraine drugs weren’t being effectively absorbed, I’d have to look at upping my doses for a while and so they sent me home.

I spent Thursday mainly in bed, missed the This is Knit Yarniversary party (I was looking forward to that). The headache came back again Thursday night so I hit it hard and slept like a log apart from the strange incident at 3am where someone started shouting hysterically at “Michael”. Today I’m resting as well. Still no appetite, it’s been 5 days since I had a proper meal now. But the good news is that I feel like I’m on the mend. Have even started a new knitting project 🙂

Geek, Stuff, Travel

Useful Links for Snow in Ireland

A few useful links I’ve come across for weather related stuff in Dublin.

Irish Met Office is a reasonable site.

The HIRLAM model is very accurate at predicting where and when snow will fall within a 24 hr period. Click on ‘Nedbor’

Watch passenger planes depart from/arrive at Dublin airport here. Excellent radar featuring flight info.

Numerous cancellations and delays at Dublin Airport. Listen in to the air traffic control tower.

Snow radar here

Irish Weather Online with a live chat board

Stuff

Air trails

I’ve woken up today to what has become an unusual site – trails from aircraft across the skies of Dublin. The last week has been quite chaotic with the eruption of a volcano in Iceland that has sent volcanic ash into the European flying zones.

BTW today’s picture is not by me – too much glare to get a good shot myself.

It’s been interesting to watch the complete lack of leadership from governments who seemed to just be hanging around waiting for it all to clear, last time this volcano went off it did so for ages. It’s the first natural disaster to hit the EU for years and yet no sign of the EU president anywhere – which leads one to ask what is he for and where is he, oh and what is his name again?

Meanwhile, country level governments seem to have been doing as little as possible to help people get home, which has just opened the doors for the corporations to start putting on pressure. So today regardless of the ash cloud the planes are flying again.

It’s going to take another week to sort out the mess at least – and I wonder if anyone is going to suddenly come up with funding for volcanic ash testing in planes????

Ryanair seem to have been the only airline acting with any kind of leadership and sensibility. They can fly today but have decided not to fly Ireland/UK so that they can move planes to where they’re really needed. Sure, that’s put us out and now means that Thursday will be an epic adventure day for Christian as he trains and boats over to Dublin, but to be honest I’m quite happy that he won’t be flying while the ash is still such an unknown quantity.

Meanwhile, on the ground, Ning in their wisdom has decided to start charging people to access their networks – which means that eTatters will soon not be available. Totally sucks, so desperately trying to get the info off of there.

Last night I caught up with a good friend whom I haven’t seen for ages, no excuse really and hopefully that’ll get rectified soon. Had a great chat about so much – love it when you have those times when you really get to know more about someone you care about.

OK, so I’ll sign out now – back to bed for me. This cold has come back with a vengeance and I’m feeling totally shattered.

a) a feeling of total crapness from this stupid persistent cold which has now turned into a really nasty sore throat